15-Year-Old Ava August is the Dark Horse this Season on ‘American Idol’

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After the Top 24 performed solos and all-star duets on American Idol, new frontrunners have emerged, one being 15-year-old Ava August, the youngest artist in the competition.

Check out our weekly recap show where we discuss Ava becoming a dark horse in the competition. Plus, we talk about some early standouts that may have faded to the background this week on American Idol.

Ava August Emerges As New Frontrunner On ‘American Idol’

Ava sang one of the biggest songs in the entire world right now, “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo. The judges gave her a standing ovation after this performance. She also stunned the audience with a duet of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” with music superstar Josh Groban. The pair got a standing ovation after blowing everyone away with their harmonies.

“Do you realize you are singing far beyond your age? If this is you at 15, you with your driver’s license, you’re going to be terrifying,” Lionel Richie boasted.


“You are an old soul and I think your soul is saying ‘I am coming back this time I am going to do it right, 100 percent ace this test of life and become that queen,'” Katy Perry added. “You better buckle up honey, all of those licenses are coming.” Perry’s jaw was on the floor throughout Ava’s entire solo and duet performance.

“I keep thinking on you and Josh’s performance, it’s like watching Judy Garland up there,” Luke Bryan said. He and the other judges applauded her courage for choosing to sing such a viral song right now. “Your delivery keeps us right there in your hands and that’s stuff that 15-year-olds should not be doing.”

Katy pointed out that Ava also plays guitar and writes her own songs. We got to see her perform an original song called “Ghost Of You” during the Showstoppers Round, a performance that sealed her fate as a member of the Top 24.

When she was 13 years old, Ava auditioned for NBC’s The Voice. Though she didn’t make it past the first round of the competition, she has returned to the talent competition circuit better than ever.

Fans Are Buzzing About Ava’s Performances On The Show

After Ava performed on American Idol, Twitter blew up with love for the young singer. Ava even got a special shoutout from model Gigi Hadid who is a huge fan.

Others noted that Ava and Groban’s duet made them feel like they were watching a Disney movie. Some serious magic was created on the American Idol stage.

One fan on Twitter called the duet “uplifting and inspiring.”

Some even shed a few tears during Ava’s performances.


Do you think Ava can be the next American Idol? Tune in to next week’s episodes to see if she makes it into the Top 16.


Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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